Tito Jackson proposes defense fund for immigrants facing deportation

City Councilor Tito Jackson announced last week that he had introduced legislation to create an Immigrant Legal Defense Fund for the city.

Fears for schools, rights under Trump

President Donald Trump administration’s recent moves left many concerned for the future of public education and doubting the administration’s commitment to protecting civil rights of people of color and immigrants, upholding the Constitution and reigning in corporate influence over public ...

The Partnership marks 30 years

The Partnership, a nonprofit with a mission of diversifying Boston’s corporate leadership pipeline, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Since 1987, the Boston-based organization has offered leadership development programs to nurture the talent of African Americans and, increasingly, other ...

Neighborhoods battle BPDA on affordability

Demonstrations and vociferous opposition to planned and approved real estate development projects underscore both the challenges the city faces in promoting construction to meet the growing need for housing in Boston and neighborhood activists’ strained relationships with the city departments ...

Alexandra Valdez

Alexandra Valdez has been appointed the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services liaison to Jamaica Plain and Boston’s Latino community.

City works to assist middle-income housing construction

With housing prices squeezing middle class renters and buyers in Boston, the rising cost of land remains a challenge to efforts to hold down the cost of new units. The administration of Mayor Martin Walsh is seeking to reduce that ...

Roxbury's Highland Park versus City Realty on Juniper Street project

Members of the neighborhood association in Roxbury’s Highland Park came together for an emergency meeting on Jan. 23. Developers were due to appear the following morning before the city’s zoning board, where they would seek zoning relief to allow them ...

The multitalented Matthew Washington Bullock

A star athlete in both high school and college, Harvard-trained attorney Matthew Washington Bullock coached high school and college football, taught at Morehouse College, served as special assistant attorney general for Massachusetts, and became the first black chairman of the ...

Black Masons owe lineage to 18th century Boston pioneer Prince Hall

Throughout North America, the Caribbean and Europe there are freemason’s whose lineage began here in Boston in 1775, when Prince Hall and 14 other freed black men applied secured a charter to join the international association.

City, neighborhood group at odds over Roxbury housing competition

The housing competition was never given a green light, according to Elisa and other GTNA members. The dispute has pitted the neighborhood group against members of its own housing committee and city officials.

Boston Fire Department hiring few people of color

Since 2011, people of color have comprised half or more of Boston’s population, but to date, only 25 percent of the fire department is non-white, according to a letter the Lawyers’ Committee sent to Mayor Martin Walsh and Fire Commissioner ...

Senate president supports criminal justice reforms

Last week legislative action seemed imminent when state Senate President Stanley Rosenberg committed to work for legislative fixes supported by the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, including pretrial bail reform, the elimination of mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenders, the ...

Turnaround status for two Boston high schools

Two Boston high schools that fell to Level 4 status this year are slated for major staffing changes. On Friday, Feb. 3, about 90 percent of teachers and staff at Brighton High and Excel High were slated to receive dismissal ...

Gail Jackson-Blount

The Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus Board of Directors announces the appointment of Gail Jackson-Blount as board President

Menino Survey of Mayors shows poverty, inclusion of minorities high concerns for many mayors

Research from the third annual Menino Survey of Mayors reflects an increased concern among the nation’s mayors that they need to do more to include poor and minority residents.